Public Health Service

Smokefree and Stop Smoking Services

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Our Services & Programmes:

How we support individuals, whānau and communities to become smokefree:


One-on-one support with your own quit coach     •     Home visits, workplace support and community clinics     •     Nicotine replacement therapy

Information about other quit-smoking products and services     •     A complementary approach to Quitline's 24/7 support


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This free programme is available to anyone in the Nelson Marlborough region who smokes. We know that quitting is hard – this service is designed to give you the best chance of quitting and staying smokefree.

Self-refer here

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Te Piki Oranga’s free stop-smoking service is available to anyone in the Te Tauihu region. Te Hā means ‘the breath’ and relates to the tikanga of the hongi where te hā (the breath of life) is exchanged between two.

Self-refer here

Pēpi First -
for Hapū Whānau 


Being smokefree is the best thing for you and your pēpi. Pēpi First is designed especially for hapū māmā and whānau, with vouchers to reward your progress towards being smokefree.


Self-refer here

Vape to Quit
& Vapefree


Vaping is not for non-smokers, but it has the potential to help smokers quit. As part of the Stop Smoking Service, we can support you with vaping to quit, as well as quitting vaping. Support available will be looked at on a. case-by-case basis.

Self-refer here

Our Smokefree Kaimahi:

van Os


Smokefree Engagement

Nelson, Tasman
& Marlborough

Kia ora koutou.

I joined the team in September 2021 and in my role as Engagement Coordinator, I focus on making sure the communication with clients and referrers is clear, prompt and professional and that the administration is accurate and up to date.

In my role as Quit Coach, I enjoy walking alongside clients supporting them on their quit journey tailored to each client’s personal needs.

It is great to see when clients find the strength they have within themselves to make changes toward a healthier future. I bring empathy, a good listening ear, enthusiasm and understanding.


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Stop Smoking 
Practitioner /Quit Coach
Kaimahi Auahi Kore

Nelson & Tasman 

Kia ora, I am Cheyenne I've been working as a cessation quit smoking coach for the last year.

I am passionate about supporting and inspiring others to make positive health choices. I feel very blessed to be in a role where I am able to role model and offer positive health practices to others.

On a personal level I am married with two beautiful pre-school daughters while that makes life busy it’s a lot of fun I am looking forward to meeting with you all until then I am just a phone call or email away.

Nga mihi mahana ki a koutau katoa.

De Joux


Stop Smoking 
Practitioner /Quit Coach
Kaimahi Auahi Kore


Nau mai Haere mai
Ko Cynthia de Joux taku ingoa
Ko Te Atiawa o Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui me Ngai Tahu oku iwi
Smokefree/Vapefree Practitioner, Te Whatu Ora, Wairau
B.Sc Applied Science, Post Grad Cert – Maori Health, Health Sciences. AUT.
I do this because I wanted to be a part of the change culture, to improving tangata whenua outcomes.


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Te Hā Pukenga Manaaki

Te Piki Oranga - Wairau 

Kia ora

It is my privilege to work with our whānau and to be able to support and guide them to make better life choices, through reducing as well as stop smoking using Te Ha / Stop Smoke support, Te Whare tapa Wha amongst other tools to achieve better versions of themselves.


Karen Petrie

Stop Smoking 
Practitioner /Quit Coach
Kaimahi Auahi Kore


As a dedicated Quit Coach, I am passionate about supporting people to achieve their smokefree goals.

With a background in social work I have spent 30 years working in community services, specialising in mental health and disabilities.

I have lived in Nelson for nearly 25 years, moved to Golden Bay in May 2021 and am originally from Canterbury.

I have three adult children and my interests include discovering the beautiful walking tracks around Mohua, yoga and gardening.


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Te Hā Pukenga Manaaki

Te Piki Oranga - Wairau 

Kia ora,

I’m Melissa, a Wairau local with a background in nutrition and public health working with Te Piki Oranga – Māori Wellness Services. In our smoking / vaping cessation sessions, I provide support and space for people to feel empowered to make the best health decisions for themselves and their whānau, while offering consistent support to make these changes. Becoming smokefree is important for your own health and we would love to help you achieve this.

Ngā mihi nui,



Te Hā Pukenga Manaaki

Te Piki Oranga - Nelson 

Kia ora

I am a proud māmā to four beautiful children Kaiya (11 years), Laura (10 years), Kayden (7 years) and Awatea (1 year). A wife to an amazing Tane Kawana Waitai and we live a beautiful life here in Whakatu.

I support all whanau with their aspirations to reduce and/or to quit smoking. What I am truly passionate about, and my area of focus is within our Pepi First programme supporting Māmā who are currently smoking whilst hapu who may feel whakama embarrassed to want to reach out and access support. I have worked within my organisation for 5 years.

My passion is to support whanau who are in need of a helping hand up, who may have disengaged to reconnect bridge the gap with services and help whanau to identify their own health and well-being aspirations.

I am passionate about improving my own cultural identity and in turn strive to help others identify theirs. I endeavour to connect our whānau within Te Ao Māori as a parallel to their hauora and find that balance within linking Te Whare Tapa Wha on their individual journey in achieving overall wellness.


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Stop Smoking 
Practitioner /Quit Coach
Kaimahi Auahi Kore

Nelson & Tasman 

I have worked in health for 30 years, working as a Quit Smoking Coach for 14 of those.

I love that I can provide a space for clients to see the new possibilities for their future - a future free from smoking. It is a privilege to walk alongside people of all ages on their smokefree journey. Acknowledging all the previous experiences that clients bring and exploring together how addiction drives smoking and new tools and ways of thinking to support the change they desire.

Seeing the many ways health and well-being benefit when tobacco is eliminated is what drives me to continue in my mahi with clients and their whanau.



Te Hā Pukenga Manaaki

Te Piki Oranga - Nelson

Kia ora, I am Sonia Hepi-Treanor and I have been working as a quit smoking practitioner since 2017 with Te Piki Oranga – Māori Wellness Services. I am committed to reaching the aspirations of Aotearoa Smokefree 2025.

My passion to working with Māori, Pasifika & vulnerable whanau to achieve a smokefree life is paramount, for whanau in the present and future generations to come.

Quitting smoking is the best health choice for our whanau and will continue to work alongside our wonderful team of coaches to achieve our vision..



Stop Smoking Practitioner

Te Piki Oranga - Nelson 

Kia ora

He uri tēnei nō Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāi Tahu hoki. I am a māmā to six tamariki with varying ages between 16yrs and five months. Our whānau moved from Kirikiriroa (Hamilton) to Whakatuu (Nelson) in 2020 and loved what we have been able to experience here thus far. My mahi background is in education with a passion for working alongside Māori & Pasifika whānau. I started working at Te Piki Oranga as a Pukenga manāki in the Te Hā space in June 2023 and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting & supporting whānau reach their goals in improving their hauora. My goal is for whānau to feel in control by ensuring they have access to education, resources, and the support they need to feel empowered when making decisions for their health. Being smokefree not only betters your own health, but the health of those around you, as well as the next generations to come. Ngā manākitanga, Hineata



Stop Smoking Practitioner

Te Whatu Ora

Kia ora, I am Chloe and I joined the smokefree team as a smoking cessation quit coach in 2023. I am passionate about promoting better health within the community and supporting individuals on their journey to become the healthiest, happiest versions of themselves. When not working I enjoy getting outdoors with my 3 sons and Husband, mountain biking, hiking and snowboarding. I look forward to meeting you, Chloe.

Our Smokefree Mahi:

Smokefree Environments & Regulated Products Act 1990 Enforcement

Nelson Marlborough Public Health has designated Enforcement Officers who monitor and enforce the Smokefree Environments & Regulated Products Act 1990 and the Smokefree Environments & Regulated Products Regulations 2021. 

If you feel there has been a breach of the Act or Regulations, Nelson Marlborough's Health Protection Officers will investigate your concerns.

Contact Us:

Phone: Nelson: 03 546 1537   |  Marlborough: 03 520 9914 

Email: [email protected]

Click here to read more about what Enforcement Officers can investigate

Smokefree in Action 

Our team is committed to making Smokefree 2025 a reality.

And as a member of your community, you can play a big part in supporting the Smokefree kaupapa too.

Here you’ll find a wide range of information, tools and resources to help our whānau, schools, workplaces and communities to be smokefree.


Smokefree & Vapefree Schools: 


Nelson Marlborough's Smokefree team is working with local schools to help provide information on youth vaping and ways schools can support the vapefree and smokefree kaupapa.

Youth vaping is an evolving issue. Schools and teachers are encouraged to seek information from reputable New Zealand and international websites, when including consideration of vaping in their teaching and learning programmes.


The Smokefree team has put together this resource for school staff, parents and students. It includes content from Te Whatu Ora and partner agencies across Aotearoa New Zealand.

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The Smokefree and Vapefree resource includes:

  • The current landscape: vaping and rangatahi

  • Key messages and tips for parents, schools and youth

  • Laws, regulations, policies and enforcement at schools

  • Supporting students and school staff

  • Support and tips for parents

  • Education on vaping

  • Additional resources


Download the resource


Workplace & Group Quit Programmes:

We know that quitting is hard, which is why we offer the flexibility of coming to you in your workplace or community location. 

Our group programmes run by quit coaches give you and your team the opportunity to support each other to quit smoking together. The programme runs for seven weeks with sessions lasting between 1-1.5 hours. Designed to give you the best chance of quitting and staying smokefree, we’ll help you to cut back your tobacco or vape consumption and work with you to set a quit date. We'll do this by providing:


Smokefree Groups

  • intensive motivational group or one-to-one support

  • nicotine replacement therapy products

  • information about other quit-smoking products

  • workplace and peer support.

How to start a workplace or group quit group: 

Get started today using our online form. You could also phone 0800 667 665 or email [email protected]

Smokefree Initiatives in Aotearoa:



Smokefree Aotearoa 2025

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The Nelson Marlborough Health Public Health Service supports the Government’s goal of achieving a Smokefree/Auahi Kore Aotearoa by 2025.

This means that by 2025:

  • our children and grandchildren will be free from exposure to tobacco and tobacco use

  • the smoking prevalence across all populations will be less than five per cent

  • tobacco will be difficult to sell and supply.

Making our environments – where we live, learn, work and play – smokefree is an important component to achieving this goal.

How can you help make Smokefree Aotearoa 2025 a reality?

Through simple steps, with whānau, kura, community or organisations, you can help make this happen! Here are some ideas:

  • hold Smokefree/Auahi Kore events

  • ensure your cars and homes are smokefree

  • ask whānau to not smoke around tamariki

  • talk to tamariki about being smokefree – even if you are a smoker, it is still important to encourage and support people to quit.

The Nelson Marlborough Public Health Service has a range stop smoking support services that are free to all smokers in the Nelson Marlborough region.

We also support businesses and organisations to become smokefree workplaces.

Click here to read more information about the act

Smokefree Environments Act Enforcement

Nelson Marlborough Health's Public Health Service have designated Smokefree Enforcement Officers who monitor and enforce the Smokefree Environments Act 1990, the Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003 and the Smoke-ree Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Act 2011.

The Acts state that:

  • the buildings and grounds of schools and early childhood centres are smokefree

  • inside licensed premises (bars, restaurants, cafes, sports clubs, casinos) are smokefree

  • all workplaces are smokefree indoors

  • the display of tobacco products in retail outlets is restricted

  • herbal smoking products are included in the restrictions

  • it is illegal to sell tobacco to anyone under the age of 18 years

  • prohibits the display of tobacco products at any sales outlet.

We regularly complete 'controlled purchase operations' with companies selling tobacco products. Controlled purchase operations involve volunteers under the age of 18 years who, within a safe environment, attempt to purchase tobacco products. We use this as a way to educate and teach tobacco retailers on the importance of asking for and checking the identification of anyone purchasing tobacco.

If you feel there has been a breach of the Acts, we will investigate your complaint.

Complaints can be about:

  • smoking in workplaces

  • smoking in all hospitality venues

  • smoking in schools and early childhood centres

  • the sale of toy smoking products

  • the sale and supply of tobacco and herbal smoking products to people under 18

  • the sale and supply of chewing tobacco

  • the retail display of tobacco products

  • the advertising of tobacco products

  • the sale of e-cigarettes

You can also download pamphlets from the HealthEd website.

More information about the act

Why Become Smokefree?

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What is smoking really doing to your body?

If you smoke tobacco, the odds are, you WILL be affected by it. Up to 66% of people who smoke today and continue smoking will eventually be killed by tobacco.


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    Smoking can make you and your kids sick

Children can get particularly sick if they breathe in second-hand smoke because their lungs are smaller, they have a faster breathing rate and their immune systems are still developing.

Adults, children, and babies who are exposed to tobacco smoke have a greater number of viral infections, and these infections are more severe and take much longer to get over:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV):

RSV is a virus that causes lung and respiratory tract infections, that is more prevalent in winter months. RSV infections are common in young children, especially in their first year of life: most all children will have had an RSV infection by their second birthday. Most tamariki will be able to recover at home. However, some children and infants especially those under six months old require hospital care.

Bronchiolitis and Pneumonia: 

RSV can cause bronchiolitis (inflammation of the small breathing tubes of the lung) and pneumonia (infection of the lung). 

The risk of tamariki developing bronchiolitis or pneumonia increases if exposed to tobacco smoke either second-hand in the home, or in utero (while they are still in the womb if the mother smokes). Infants who are exposed to smoke in the womb grow less well, have smaller lungs, practice breathing less before birth so have smaller airways and are more likely to be born prematurely. Children's lungs are not as developed as adults' and so are more susceptible to harm from infections with the airways becoming blocked more easily.

The risk of young children and babies developing bronchiolitis as a result of an RSV infection can be reduced with virus precautions (hand-washing, covering coughs, etc.), and having a warm, dry home, but the number one prevention is to become Smokefree, especially before birth.

Bronchiolitis in Babies: When to go to the hospital

For the first few days of bronchiolitis, symptoms are similar to a cold: runny, stuffy nose, cough, and slight fever. These symptoms can progress to include persistent “brassy” cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, lethargy, and difficulty feeding. Symptoms peak between days 3 and 5 and often resolve between days 7 and 10.

Red flags that let you know it is time to get health care for your under-4-week-old baby:

  • Pauses or stops breathing
  • Skin changes to a very pale or an ashy, dusty colour
  • Respiratory distress
  • Unable to take 50% of the usual feed volume

Read more about second-hand smoke